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Hotel Molino del Santo, Ronda

Molino del Santo

Benaojan

A charming little hotel near Ronda, nestled in a valley with a stream running by.

Double rooms from £ 102
18 rooms
Guest Rating: 9.5 / 10
Hotel Molino del Santo, Benaojan

The Hotel Molino Del Santo is a lovingly restored olive and flour mill, now converted into a delightful small hotel packed with charm. The hotel is tucked alongside the lively mountain stream that powered the original mill, and the owner-managers have spent the last 24 years listening to, and providing for, their guests' needs.

The rooms are all different, some of them ranged along a pathway like a tiny village street, with private sunny terraces, and each with central heating, air-conditioning, safe, phone with a suitable socket for connecting a lap-top, mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities and full en-suite bathrooms with hairdryers. The owners are pleased to say there is no television anywhere in the hotel!

Snacks and drinks are available all day every day from the bar and cafeteria. For quieter moments, there is a comfortable lounge with sofas and tables. In here there are still the old millstones and a furze oven dating from the hotel's former days as a mill and bakery.

The food at Molino Del Santo has been much praised and the restaurant, offering a full range of Spanish food using local and organic produce whenever possible, is patronised by locals as well as residents. A special feature here is the lovely riverside terrace where you can dine with the gentle sound of running water as your background music.

The garden is the verdant oasis that you would expect alongside a stream, with lots of sunny and shady spots for relaxing, and a 15m x 8m swimming pool, solar-heated for a longer swimming season.


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Double Room

There are just two standard rooms. They are the least expensive rooms because they are smaller than the others and do not have terraces for sitting out on.

Double Room with terrace

Standard rooms with terraces are popular, good value rooms with sitting out space. The terraces may not be quite as large, quite as private or with quite such good views as superior rooms.

Superior Double Room

Superior rooms are especially suited to people who plan to spend more time relaxing at Molino during their stay or just prefer very comfortable rooms. They have larger terraces than other rooms and good views from the terraces or more privacy. Rooms with double beds have extra-large 6 foot wide beds.

Superior Plus Double Room

Superior Plus rooms are the most popular of the Superior rooms, especially suited to people who plan to spend more time relaxing at Molino during their stay or just prefer very comfortable rooms. They have larger terraces than other rooms and good views from the terraces or more privacy. Rooms with double beds have extra-large 6 foot wide beds.

Junior Suite

Junior suites are larger rooms with sitting areas, some in separate rooms. They are ideal for people who like more space or want to accommodate more people in the room. There are sun loungers, as well as chairs and tables, on the terraces of rooms 15 and 16.

The restaurant has an indoor dining room as well as the outdoor terrace that borders the stream. It is popular with residents and non-residents alike and provides full a la carte dining as well as snacks and a children's menu. The menu varies according to availability in the local market and the season, but always offers a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. The chefs are happy to cater as far as possible for special diets. Afternoon tea and delicious home-made cakes are available on the terrace each day.

Breakfast is buffet style with locally baked brown and white bread, cakes, jams and marmalades, juices, fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts and tea, coffee or hot chocolate, plus a cooked dish.

Walking, Prehistoric caves, Horse-Riding, Mountain bikes for hire.

Roman sites.
Ronda for sightseeing.
The White Villages (Pueblos Blancos) of Andalucia.
Grazalema Natural Park

The best hotel ever. Thank you!

We may not have as many reviews as some, but we do know their provenance. They have all been written by people who have visited this hotel after booking through Little Hotels. We publish all reviews, unedited, except for the occasional spelling correction.


Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:

If stars are a measure of excellence, you deserve a constellation.


This is our very favourite hotel in the whole world.


You seem to have thought of everything for our comfort and your staff are truly excellent.


We have travelled all over the world and have never returned anywhere, until now. See you next year.


You have achieved a great combination of being efficient and relaxing at the same time.


Guest Rating: 9.5 / 10
This rating has been calculated by combining data from various websites which publish ratings for Molino del Santo.

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In the hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Solar‑heated swimming pool
  • Small children's pool
  • Mature gardens
  • Terrace
  • Car parking
  • Local railway station providing a spectacular mountain train ride

In your room
  • Telephone
  • Internet connection
  • Mini‑bar
  • Safe
  • Tea & coffee‑making
  • Terrace (Superior & some standard rooms)
  • En‑suite bathroom
  • Air‑conditioning and heating
  • Hairdryer

We Say

This was the hotel that originally turned us on to little hotels, when we took our young family on holiday to Spain many years ago. Thank you, Andy and Pauline.


A Word From the Owner

For many years we were the pioneers of rural tourism in this area and whilst we are no longer the only quality rural hotel in the area, our experience does help us to run what we believe to be a very special hotel. Our location is stunning, our attention to detail earns us much praise and we have the most fantastic local staff who will help to make sure that your stay with us is not easily forgotten. Over half of our guests are people who have visited before ... we hope very much that you will become one of those people.

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